Re: What do you call the Three Dots?

Subject: Re: What do you call the Three Dots?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:03:15 -0700

Yeah, I don't understand why anyone would not use the self-explanatory
button label. In my experience, most people don't know what "ellipsis"
means. Even fewer than know "asterisk."

On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:17 PM, Daniel Friedman
<daniel -dot- friedman42 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Since the button can be represented in text, why not call it the *...*
> button? To me it is always more intuitive to identify buttons by the visual
> appearance rather than giving them some other name. On top of that, the
> alternate name will not show up in the software on screenreaders if it is
> not part of a tooltip or alt.
>
> On a lighter note, in developer circles, any button from a combination of
> dots or lines has a food name. According to this, you could also go with
> calling it the Meatballs button:
> http://image.slidesharecdn.com/lukasz-przywarty-productcamp-2015-150530064210-lva1-app6891/95/hamburgerless-on-creative-mobile-navigation-16-638.jpg
>
>
> On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 4:05 PM, Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp128 -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
>> If youâre writing across platforms, Iâd stick with âEllipsisâ. Itâs more
>> commonly understood, and âMoreâ can also refer to the selection menu you
>> get on a right-click of the mouse. This will probably change as interfaces
>> evolve, but for now, the former is a safe choice. If your stuff is
>> translated, you might check with your translation agency to see whatâs
>> universally understood.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Oct 16, 2017, at 11:26 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I used to call the three dots element the Ellipsis Button.
>> >
>> > However, I see other technical and UX writers are calling this element
>> the More Button.
>> >
>> > How say you?
>> >
>> > Cordially,
>> > Craig Cardimon
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What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Marguerite Krupp
Re: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Daniel Friedman

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